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Knowing your design style is key to creating a space where you feel comfortable and happy. Many decor styles have been identified, so it can be confusing to know which suits you best. To keep it simple, we’ve identified three common styles that are also popular among college students. Don’t worry if you identify with more than one of these styles- there’s no rule against mixing items from different aesthetics. Read on for decorating ideas for your dorm or apartment based on your style preferences.
Bohemian and Eclectic
If you have a bohemian and eclectic style, you prefer a wide range of colors, patterns and decorative items. You’re style blends old and new, and is not predictable. You like a mix of styles and don’t want to be confined to one particular color scheme or design aesthetic.
A staple of boho design, these macrame wall pendants offer a relaxing and dreamy feel to any room. These work anywhere – bedroom, living or office space. And you can choose from a variety of colors.
This simple four piece vase set makes the perfect base for any decorative display, whether monochromatic or colorful.
For a colorful and bold bedding choice, the lush decor bedding set is ideal. The set offers 6 different color/pattern choices and fits full, queen or king mattresses.
The KIBAGA shower curtain is great for boho, eclectic or modern design styles. It makes a great statement piece for your bathroom.
The HYMELA rattan lamp makes the perfect decor for your boho bedroom, living room or office area. It offers touch control, dimmable wood and a usb port.
These boho prints are perfect for over the sofa or bed. The simple yet beautiful designs will pull any room together.
Keep your favorite jewelry handy and on display in this beautiful boho jewelry dish. The design well fits into a boho or eclectic space. It can also be used to hold keys, coins or other trinkets.
Who doesn’t love a hanging chair? This amazing boho chair offers comfort and style for your space. Unlike many hanging chairs, the cushions are thick and rings are strong and durable for secure support. It comes in four neutral color schemes.
Everyone needs a good throw blanket. The soft quilted throw from HORIMOTE HOME comes in a variety of colors and is made of 100% microfiber. It’s also pre-shrunk for maximum durability.
The macrame throw pillow covers form KOZYLAND make a good addition to a boho space. The covers are made of burlap material and tassels craftsmanship. They are breathable, stain and wrinkle resistant.
A nice area rug pulls any room together. STARUIA offers a simple and gorgous boho/eclectic design in this washable cotton rug. It not only comes in six sizes but also three neutral colors.
A nice pouf adds texture and comfort to any space. This boho style pouf cover from blue page is sure to work for a boho living area. And it comes in a variety of colors including khaki, yellow and pink.
Curtains are another must-have for making your space feel homey. These boho style curtains come in a variety of sizes to fit any window and several colors.
Modern and Minimalist
A modern and minimalist space is mostly about functionality, featuring minimal yet stylish touches and neutral colors. Bold patterns and bright colors are not commonly seen in a modern and minimal space. However, many bohemian features and patterns overlap with the modern and minimalist decor style.
This functional, sleek LED lamp is great for a minimalist. It has three dimmable levels and touch control.
For a modern or minimalist look, a sleek desk is essential. The Lufeiya small computer desk fits with a modern or minimal decor style. And at less than $50*, it’s a steal compared to similar desks.
My Space Organizers’ desk organizer has room for all your office essentials and sleek, simple design for a modern office. It comes in black, grey, white marble and clear. A drawer and several storage compartments will ensure your desk stays clean and free of clutter.
A large sleek black mirror makes a great statement piece for a modern and minimalist space. This mirror NISHCON is shatterproof and has an explosion proof membrane. It comes in three sizes to fit any area or room.
Rugs can set the tone for a room depending on design. A simple stripe rug works gives a minimalistic feel to any room. This rug from Jonathan Y makes a great addition to a minimalist or boho room.
The soft and lightweight black and white pattern throw blankets from ELASAD are great for living or bedroom. Choose from different patterns and sizes. They also make great gifts for almost any person or occasion.
Nothing is more modern and minimalist than TERESA’s COLLECTIONS Black and White modern ceramic vases. These sleek vases can be used anywhere to make a bold yet simple statement.
Grey, black and white are commonly found in minimalist and modern decor. These throw pillow covers come in a set with grey solid gradient colors. The covers come in oversized, medium and standard size. Pick up some inserts and you’ll have modern great additions to any sofa, bed or chair.
Looking for the perfect modern or minimalist chairs? The Canglong chair set is perfect for dining rooms, home office, or living area. The chairs have a plastic cushion and are ergonomically designed to support the back.
These modern and minimal prints bring character to a room without making it feel busy. The prints come ready to hang, including hanging hardware. At around just $35, it’s an affordable choice for students that looks much more expensive.
Cozy and Traditional
Traditional designs include florals, stripes and plaids. A traditionally cozy dorm or apartment includes pillows, plants, string lights and thick rugs. This design scheme is probably what comes to mind when you think of a standard college dorm or first apartment.
The Der Rose succulent plant makes any space more cozy. Put them throughout your room or apartment to add a touch of nature indoors.
Fairy lights create a relaxing ambience. Fairy lights with photo clips provide a dual function – cozy lighting and displaying special moments.
A fluffy rug is a must-have for any space. It adds warmth and comfort to your living space. Pair it with soft blankets, pillows and fairy lights for the ultimate cozy retreat.
Add a touch of nature with these fake vines. Paired with some plants (fake or artificial) these give a peaceful and relaxing vibe.
Personalize your dorm or apartment with light up letter sign. These add nice ambience lighting and serve as statement pieces.
Cute and comfortable bedding is important, particularly in small spaces such as dorm rooms. This Geniospin bedding set has a pom tufted design and comes in five colors and four sizes.
Fluffy throw pillows are part of classic dorm and apartment decor. Hyde Lane pillow covers are faux fur and offer a luxurious look for a college student budget.
These prints from GENTLE DEER are great for lovers of traditional art. You can choose from several of Van Gogh’s works printed on premium canvas.
A large and comfortable bean bag chair is great for a college student’s space. It’s less expensive and much more fun than traditional furniture. The chill sack bean bag chair is big enough for comfortable lounging and comes in a wide variety of colors.
Most of the items above work for any style. But the categorizations can help guide you in creating a space that matches your personality and design goals.
*costs at time of publication